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he got twitter to stay in san francisco, with the help of david chiu, and we got rid of the private company's stock option tax. noticing that, i said, we need ed lee to go another four years. warren and i had a vociferous meeting with the mayor on july 12 to urge him to run. if he ran, the tech community would support him. what you are seeing today is just the initial launch of the activities where the tech community will organize and partner with the city of san francisco. one week from today, the tech community will announce what it is going to do, in an organized fashion, to support what is happening in san francisco in the city, and with the efforts that code for america isn't
leading. we are truly going to bring had a tech culture to san francisco. it will be very exciting. san francisco is lucky to have a code for america, ed lee, and especially our new chief innovation officer, jay knapf, who will speak now. >> thank you, mayor for the opportunity to serve as the chief innovation officer in the city. in my role, i plan on strengthening the partnership with our technology community and city hall to rediscover the digital age. we have discovered so much through our civic hack-a-thons and other things that we have done. this is a great example of harnessing the on deprenyl spirit in the city and realizing the potential of that, serving in the red better, making it
more lean, efficient, and more responsive. i also want to thank the san francisco department of technology. they have incubated innovation. i have been working with the city for five years and they have done a tremendous amount. i look forward to continue the partnership with the department of technology to bring innovation to the forefront in san francisco. thank you. >> i will try to say something that has not already been said. thank you all for coming. similar to david, i will say, i come from the private sector. when i came to the city, the question i got most was how do we made -- make government more exciting, let the private sector? we all work for tech companies or business firms, so how can we bring all that excitement into
government? to have a board and mayor that recognizes technology in the community as an unborn aspect really revolutionizes government. really looking forward to the next four years, working with mayor lee, the tax community, ron. we are really at the cost of some fantastic things. in the last year, we have lots mobile -- launched mobile apps where people can watch online, at interact with their devices. we have started to partner with other cities and taking what we are doing here and spreading across the country. this will only heighten our success. if we can use san francisco as a hub of where people can see how government is innovative, and they look to us as an example -- we have an expo coming up in a october. people from all over the world
will be coming to see how we have innovative government and will be looking for leadership. i just want to encourage everyone to stay tuned. a i knowron will be making some and not -- i know ron will be making some announcements in the next week. i look forward to working with everybody in the future. >> what are hack-a-thons? >> the hacker culture is really about creating, rapidly prototyping solutions. often, it is equated to applications and software, but during the summer, we had a partnership, and we expanded that notion by having people do thought experiments, by creating games, creating new ways of doing things. it is about innovation in
general. it is not just technology and packing technology. it is more about getting a bunch of people, in a diverse community together, with people who have needs. in this case, the city. we have issues and challenges we face, and caring people who are problem-solving oriented. if we tear those two groups of people together, some amazing things have come up. we have had that over five and a people over this past year -- 500 people over the past year, over 10,000 hours of civic engagement, and nearly 30 application that have been developed. code for america, what they are doing, is taking it to the next level, where we take these ideas and substantiate new business, and drive job growth, and disrupt government. you have seen a transformation in the consumer space. we have not seen a transformation in government. there is no reason why we cannot
do that. >> problem solving. what is on the top of your priority list? how this code of america going to help you in that? >> we have got a lot of problems, obviously. they get worse every time i listen to what the state is going to do with their budget, certainly, with the fed's are cutting off. i have a whole list. muni comes to mind, for example. all of their challenges. some of the easiest examples are, for example, the public says, i cannot find a taxi. one of the projects we want to put forward and an accelerated way is how we are preparing for the america's cup. we have over 500,000 people coming on a daily basis for that
event. you are going to hear, i cannot find a taxi, or you will hear, i found a taxi through this new application. i would rather hear the last one. that will be one of the projects that david and i will agree on. there will be a lot of people in his district as well to say, how can we get good transportation, to get people where they want to go, to the waterfront? ac34, getting taxis and other types of transportation modes at their highest level of participation for that event, will be one of the projects that we will put forward by the way. i want that to be of use for the public. maybe things like -- do our homeless people on the streets -- do they have the best information at hand about where
they available shelters are immediately when they encounter someone on the street? can they get wraparound services right away without having to make three or four phone calls and then have the person say, i am not interested? those other kinds of things that will be hacked out. hopefully, our practices today will be disrupted. hack-a-thon and destruction have negative connotations. today, we are embracing those as positive ideas. -- disruption have negative connotations. we have to change government, we have to change the way we think. i have been thinking through the night. it is much less about technology but the way that we think. i need to disrupt the way we have been thinking and start innovating our way out of this.
i could sit back and cry about what jerry brown's budget will present to us, or what obama cannot do in this new administration, the things that are going to go on. or i could say, i am going to work with the most innovative part of our society, people who want to help the government to better. we have really positive things to do and be positive about the way we run government. that is what i want to get to. i know the board of supervisors want to get to that as well. we need to find solutions, and this is a way to invite people who are interested in doing it. >> [inaudible] if it would actually create jobs, it would get things done. >> i would say, for example, when small businesses complain there are a myriad of permits
and fees and all kinds of applications that are not all in one place. we will take a look at that. it is even the startup companies that ron represents, it is a myriad of application they are facing. can we have one place, repeated things that come at us every few months that our new that we did not know about that we can discover? human rights certification process, the small business commission, or the tax office. can we put all that together in one package and have a small business say, i want to get started in san francisco in an easy way. can we have all accessible and be done with in a one effort shop? that will bring us better businesses, and they will pay their taxes and fees appropriately. >> [inaudible] why did it take a different process like this to actually
make something happen? >> i know it has not emanated from the mayor's office. i have to admit that. that is what john and i talked about. it has not been emanating from the mayor's office, and we wanted that to happen. it has been distributed within dt and other departments. if you volunteer, you want to do it, if it is in your comfort zone, you take it up. i think we need to get out of our comfort zone, so that is why i brought it into the mayor's office to say, this is how i get my 17-point jump plan done. this is part of that effort. and this is also to honor the technology sector and ask, how can we innovate government a bit better? [applause] thank you, everybody.
leading companies in san francisco, and fellow community organizations. we open your bay area three years ago this past tuesday and will come to our class of 80 students. we are trying to solve two problems of the same time. the first is that companies are struggling to find talent, particularly in the field of technology. at the same time, there are thousands of talented young adults in the city and more than 5 million across the country looking for the opportunity to build a meaningful career. our students go through five months of intensive training and hard i.t. skills and the increasingly important soft skills of communication and professionalism. this is on by an internship of one of 21 companies, who are represented today. we expect the number of companies to grow because of the leadership we have been city hall. there is a buzz in the city
because we have an administration that understands the importance of economic development, and one that understands economic development is still by workforce development. it have to attend both at the same time. it is my honor to introduce a man who knows how to create and the the economic engine, the honorable mayor ed lee. [applause] >> thank you very much. i have had a chance to reflect the last couple of hours on what i wanted to say today. the first thing that came to my mind was the years that i spent in every community of the city picking up trash with kids, all over the neighborhoods, just realizing what can we do to reach everybody in each neighborhood? we tried to do that through the neighborhood cleanup. more importantly, when it came to jobs and future, when i ascended to this position, i
wanted to signal strongly that not only would we bring business back in the most enlightening way and get those new economy's going, but we would do it in a way to create open our kids. the worst thing is to have kids in neighborhood say, downtown and city hall, they get the jobs and create businesses and they make those tax decisions, but it does not touch me. it is not about me. how do we do that in the city, where it is so exciting these days to invite our technology companies to come together and work with us? that has been on my mind for a long time. it was there years ago when we struggled with this concept called digital divide. remember that? technology is moving ahead, apple and everybody is in silicon valley and they are creating these wonderful machines, but not for us. we have to catch up in some way,
and if we're lucky, we can get one of these jobs. i do not want to depend on luck any more. it should be part of the way we think in this city. when we create opportunities for businesses to thrive here, when recreate jobs, when i invite twitter to stay in the city and have that decision resonate, working with supervisors like mark farrell, and jane kim, we all work together. we have to think several steps ahead. the most exciting thing is to have a san francisco resident land these jobs and get the foundation by which they will be successful. that is what we mean when we use the world sustainable. those words are not part of us either. they were for the environmental movement. what does that mean for us? it is really about making sure our local government works to create the conditions which our
kids are successful and the very businesses that we give breaks to, and then we help establish success for, and then we invite to come into our city. today is going to be another great announcement. i want to thank you for all the work you are doing. i want to thank colon for joining us as well, helping us put together a fantastic grant application, and to also thank minority leader pelosi's office. friends who also believe this is where we have to go. this is what san francisco has been all about. today, announcing that we have a grant from the department of labor for $5 million, that fulfills an application put together brilliantly and number
of different companies, training institutions, collaborating with the city college, to bring real hope to our kids in san francisco, kids that we care about. we fulfil a promise that has been made for decades that we would not leave you without hope in the city. we put real dollars into that today. you are going to hear this from this administration time and again. you will have a lot of your colleagues talk about this day. everything has changed from this day forward. we are not going to have businesses just succeed on their own without lifting of our participation. whether it is jobs looking at those earlier jobs that we focused on. these tech companies and their early stages were looking for the most brilliant software engineers they could find, so they were recruiting from berkeley, stanford, and they got
to that initial talent. but as they grow and sustain this industry, they are looking for data systems administrators. they're looking for multimedia artists. graphic designers. they are looking for marketers and customer service people. all of the town that wants to stand behind me that it is represented here is san francisco's. the greatness of our city is with the town we have locally. there is not going to be a divide here. there will be an opportunity here, with this grant, we create the educational links that give the skill sets and then the companies will turn around -- the companies have already committed that are here today -- like ibm, ibm, salesforce, all the companies that have joined us in this effort, have been a commitment to hire from this training center we are creating today. so it is not just a promise any
more. real dollars are being spent. you are going to be trained, you will get those skills, and it will go right into job opportunities and this will be the recruitment center for companies relocating here. the promise is being delivered because we have friends like nancy pelosi, jay, gleen and others working with organizations in san francisco to make us successful author of the stages. it is not just an announcement about money. it is an announcement about the way we do things and the way we think in this city. these kids should never feel that their local government has abandoned them in anyway. we are promising you that you have these jobs. we want you to stay and growth here, just like what the company's to stay and grow. what our kids to be proud of the city that they grew up in and love. when you are aware around the city and doing your second jobs to get through school, the
members about being here and having your generation create your family here is going to begin today. it is my pleasure to announce this grant today, but to thank all of the collaboration that has gone on. this grant will be done through tech sf, something that we have been talking about since we ever started this conversation with various companies. we want our work force to be included. we won our residents to know these are not just companies that are going to make money because they seem to have found some rich niche here. they are going to do with local talent, invest in our people. that is how you bring a whole city around to welcoming an industry that we are excited about. not only will it happen here in these technologies. i see the same thing happening
in the biotech and life sciences companies we are inviting in the mission. even with companies like the giants and how they operate, and maybe the warriors if they come here. any institution that we have, they will look towards our kids and youth, and then it is not only that as well. i am also talking about the returning veterans who used to live here and in his or her service, can come back and feel will come to get into job opportunities. is about people who may have lost their jobs recently and may need to change careers that are struggling to do to city college and they discovered their classes were canceled because of some stupid person in sacramento did not make the right decision. that we make the right promise here. we will keep this legacy going for generations. i am excited about this partnership, excited about tech sf, but i mostly excited about
our kids. you will see your future working here in san francisco. [applause] >> thank you very much, mr. mayor. i have never before been included in a sentence with nancy pelosi. i desperately with my mom was here today. [laughter] we fully recognize this day was not possible without the leadership we have in washington, d.c. it is my honor and privilege to invite dan from leader pelosi's office. >> thank you. leader policy could not be here because of congressional business but she was so proud to support the proposal because it has everything we need to succeed. we have a mayor committed to making san francisco the cradle of innovation and entrepreneurship. we have the talent and creativity of the people of san
francisco and the strength and leadership of all of our partner organizations. she was excited to learn that this grant would be awarded and mushy could not be here today, ask me to share some words. dear friends, today we celebrate a victory for the economic security of our workers, the growth of our city, prosperity of local families, and creation of local american jobs. attorneys gramm and investing in tech as several transcendence systems for the jobs of tomorrow, as per our rt industry, strength and great careers and education about ways for the work force, and meet the needs of entrepreneurs and businesses large and small. perhaps most important, we will reduce our dependence on the visa program and the need to bring more foreign workers to our communities because the i.t. sector should be staffed and driven by san francisco's workers because american employer should not have to look abroad for employees but finding in our own backyards. with this grant we can put more
people to work in high-growth, high-tech occupations and ensure unemployed seven systems have the skills and background necessary to secure and keep good paying jobs. today's success is a product of a strong public-private partnership between the city and west ed to make investments in small and local businesses so that the community can thrive. this effort is with san francisco always knew the way. i want to thank the city leaders for leading the way. sincerely, nancy pelosi, democratic leader. [applause] thank you. >> we would not be here without wested. they do phenomenal work putting together procedures and thinking critically, which is
appreciated. since 1997, glenn hartley has served as the ceo. the nonprofit agency dedicated to learning for learning for children, youth, and adults. agency staffing has doubled and revenues have grown more than four fold. you may not know this. i heard you talk about the commitment, the belief that all kids to should succeed in our schools and all adults in the community should arrive, despite the circumstances they were born into. all the people involved here today believe that with you. please join me in welcoming the line harvey, ceo of wested. >> good morning. thank you all for coming. i really appreciate it. thank you, mr. mayor, we are so excited about this. i am the ceo of wested.
we have been headquartered in san francisco since the mid 1960's, so we have a long commitment to the city and we are focused on improved learning for children youth, and adults across whole country. we are proud that wested could bring together with a strong support of the mayor's office, bringing together this partnership. this grant is so important to the city and to our collective commitment to all of you, to keep you here. none of our organizations could have secured this grant by results. one of the things that is most impressive about this effort is it was a collaboration of all these groups that came together, and now more than 1800 people in our city, many of whom have been unemployed for way too long in this economy, now have new opportunities for career
training and internships to be launched, new successful careers. we are really proud to be part of that. we, wested, will be the managing partner project manager of this initiative. most of the people you see here will be the on the ground trainers, working with all of you. i want to take a minute to introduce people. i am not sure i know where everyone is. rhonda simmons is here, the director of work-force development for the office of economic and workforce development. phyllis mcguire, vice chancellor for city college. carol burnie is the executive director for -- we have not met. i am sure i'm not supposed to say that. nice to meet you. billy wong, the executive
director here. of course, jay, who you know. and these are not all the partners but the major partners who have committed here, along with ibm, at&t, and others, to be involved in this. i would simply say thank you to everyone who helped to make this a reality. this was truly a collaborative collective efforts. now we have to get down to -- you're talking about the real effort -- after the celebration, we have to really deliver. you should hold us accountable. we are eager to get started and to get you into the workforce. we will be here after words if you have questions. thank you all for coming. [applause] >> i am sensing a theme of partnership today. partnership extends to the mayor's office and to washington, d.c.